Singers - Tenors and Basses
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Joel Karn (Bass)
David Walworth (Bass)
Tom Walworth, Bass
Federal Way, Washington
Dan Colgan, Tenor
Ben Bouton (Tenor)
Jeff Selden (Bass)
Santa Barbara, California
Reginald Unterseher (Bass)
Billy Buhl (Bass)
Gary Gross (Tenor)
Battle Ground, Washington
Evan Miles (Tenor)
Matt Pierce (Bass)
Brian Hoskins (Bass)
Joseph To (Tenor)
Philip Denton, Tenor
Brian Mitchell (Bass)
Erik Edmundson (Bass)
La Center, Washington
Justin Raffa (Tenor)
Jacob Funk (Tenor)
Joel Karn is Director of Choirs at Heritage High School in Vancouver, Washington. He received his Bachelors degree in Music from Portland State University, where he also received his Master of Education. He is a member of ACDA as well as the Lower Columbia Regional Music Educators, serving as President in 2006. Joel received his National Board Certification in 2008. He is currently serving as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women’s Choirs for the Washington ACDA.
Jeff Selden joined Chor Anno in 2019. Although his formal education is in mathematics (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2004), Jeff has been devoted to music since his early teens. His previous choral experience includes the Birmingham Symphony Chorus (UK) and the University of Wyoming Collegiate Chorale. In addition to singing, Jeff plays guitar, banjo, and bass.
Matthew Pierce is a choir director, performer, dad and self-proclaimed nerd from Bend, Oregon. He teaches choir at Bend High School and Pilot Butte Middle School. Matt sings in several performing groups in the Northwest including Male Ensemble Northwest, Chor Anno and Bend Camerata where his role tends to be “singing the bottom notes” as well as embracing many different styles and genres of music. In his spare time Matt enjoys cooking and spending time with his family, as well as exploring comic books, video games and various other imagination-scapes. Matt would love to be a Druid in real life but most often ends up as a Bard.
Brian began teaching at Mark Morris High School, Longview, in 1996. Both his Bachelor's degree and his Master's degree were earned at Central Washington University. Mitchell performs regularly in the Longview/Kelso area with church and civic groups and is the vocalist in a jazz quartet “Off the Cuff.” He is a past- president of Washington's chapter of ACDA. Brian earned credentials as an administrator and began work as Assistant Principal at Mark Morris High School in 2018. He is now the principal at Mint Valley Elementary in Longview. Brian and his wife Jenny are both educators. In his spare time Brian loves wood working, photography, and fly fishing.
David Walworth (Kelso) was Music Coordinator for the Longview Schools. David has enjoyed a full career in music education spanning over 40 years in Bellingham, Kelso and Longview. He spent most of his career teaching high school choral music, but also worked at the middle school level in both choral and instrumental music. He has served as musical director and orchestra conductor of over 30 school and community musical productions at R. A. Long High School in Longview. He remains active as a percussionist with the Southwest Washington Symphony, choir director at Trinity Lutheran Church, and as a singer with Columbian Choral Ensemble.
Reg Unterseher is a composer, conductor, and voice teacher based in Kennewick, Washington. His works are published by Oxford University Press, Walton Music, and at his web site, www.reginaldunterseher.com. He is the music director at Shalom UCC in Richland, WA, and associate director of Mid-Columbia Mastersingers. His voice students range from beginners to a Tony Award winner.
Reg has more works performed inside nuclear reactors than any other composer in the history of the world, living or dead.
Brian Hoskins has degrees in music education from WSU and from the Steinhardt School at New York University. He currently serves as the choral director at Nelsen Middle School and Lindbergh High School in Renton, Washington. He is a two-time recipient of the “Ahead of the Class: Excellence in Teaching Award” given to outstanding teachers by the Renton Chamber of Commerce. Brian studied choral conducting in New York with Francisco Nunez, founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and world-renowned composer. He performs with the Wes Weddell “Super Band” throughout the year. Brian is currently director of the Young Men's Ensemble and Co-Director of the Rainier Youth Choir's Consonare.
Erik became a member of Chor Anno in 2013. Erik is the director of vocal music at Camas Middle School in Camas, Washington. He has been a member and soloist for the Columbian Choral Ensemble as well as ensembles at Portland State and the University of Oregon. He lives in La Center with his wife, Bethany, and his two children, Jasmine and Elijah.
Tom Walworth is a music educator, cellist, vocalist, and composer. He teaches orchestra, guitar, and Mariachi at Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way. He also coaches for the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and the Lake Samish Music Camp. Tom is the principal cellist for Rainier Symphony and has performed with the Federal Way and Auburn Symphonies. His choral works are published by Colla Voce Music and he composes regularly for the Central Cello Celebration. Northwest Repertory Singers (Tacoma), has been his choral home since 2001. He studied voice with Thomas Goleeke and Bill Eddy, and cello with Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel and Hamilton Cheifetz. Tom had the honor to perform in a master class with Janos Starker in 2000.
Joseph To graduated from the University of Washington with a BM in Music Education (vocal emphasis) He is actively involved in professional choral activities, including singing in Opus 7 and Seattle Symphony Chorale. He also founded and served as director of Viva Voce (2014) and Amusia (2017) at Seattle Central College and the University of Washington. He also served as choir director of the Japanese Baptist Church in Seattle and led the children music program on Sunday. He started his graduate study in the Fall of 2018 at Washington State University focusing on choral conducting.
Justin is originally from South Jersey. Justin has a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton. He taught music in Bisbee, AZ before receiving his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Justin has sung with the Berkshire Choral Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Voces Novae et Antiquae, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival, and ongoing performances as a founding member of the Tucson Chamber Artists (now called True Concord). In addition to Chor Anno, Justin is a member of Male Ensemble Northwest alongside his friend and voice instructor, Reginald Unterseher. .
Gary Gross first sang in a choir directed by Howard Meharg, founder of Chor Anno, in 1973. He has a diverse choral experience, both international and domestic. Gary is the owner and Meadmaster of Ethereal Meads LLC (honey-based wines). He lives just outside Vancouver. Try Gary's fantastic meads at http://www.etherealmeads.com/
Jacob Funk comes to the Northwest from Kansas City where he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Missouri—Kansas City. He earned his masters in choral conducting from the University of British Columbia, and his undergraduate degree in vocal performance from John Brown University. He has been on the music faculty of John Brown University and Northwest Arkansas Community College. Jacob has taught 5-12 grade vocal music in the state of Kansas. He teaches at Clark College, Vancouver, where he is the Director of Choirs.
Billy Buhl (Vancouver) joins us for the 2018 concerts. Buhl graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Choral Music Education. Billy is the director of choral music at Mark Morris High School in Longview, Washington, where he has been for two years. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree through Central Washington University’s Summer Masters in Music Education Program. Billy resides in Vancouver, Washington, where he is the assistant director of the Vancouver Chamber Singers, a community choir under the direction of Joel Karn. He is an active member of ACDA, WMEA, and JEN.
A native Portlander, Evan is the Founding Artistic Director of the Eugene Gay Men's Chorus and the Director of Worship Music at Moreland Presbyterian Church. Most recently, Evan served as Adjunct Director of Choral Activities at Linfield College and as a Guest Conductor for the Portland Gay Men's Chorus China Tour in 2018. Evan has sung with the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival, the St. James Collegium of the Proto-Cathedral in Vancouver, Vox Resonat of Eugene, and with the Eugene Symphony Chorus. Evan earned a Bachelor's of Music Education from Portland State University, where he studied under Dr. Ethan Sperry, and a Master's in Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon under Dr. Sharon Paul.
A native New Englander, Benjamin Bouton is currently the Choral Director at Gaiser and Thomas Jefferson Middle Schools in Vancouver, Washington. Benjamin earned his undergraduate degree from Westminster Choir College, and his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Dr. Ann Howard Jones. As a choral musician, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra, and currently sings with Portland based Choro in Schola. Benjamin lives in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, Tara, and three kids Cormac, Conley, and Liadain.
Originally from the New England area, Dan Colgan is the Founder and Director of the Capital City Chorus of Olympia and serves as the Director of Music and Organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia as well. Dan is also the voice instructor at Centralia College and maintains a studio of private voice and organ students. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education (voice) from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He will also soon finish a graduate degree in organ at Concordia University Wisconsin. Dan hopes that as a singer, organist, and music educator, he can continue to spread his love and appreciation of music to others.
A native New Englander, Benjamin Bouton is currently the Choral Director at Gaiser and Thomas Jefferson Middle Schools in Vancouver, Washington. Benjamin earned his undergraduate degree from Westminster Choir College, and his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Dr. Ann Howard Jones. As a choral musician, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra, and currently sings with Portland based Choro in Schola. Benjamin lives in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, Tara, and two kids Cormac and Conley.